Originally Posted by Kuro_Neko
The Paypal protection doesn't really help much. You can file a dispute but if the other person doesn't have any money in their paypal account you're still not getting your money back.
Pay with Visa/Mastercard, you can call up your credit card company, and they can pull payment, and you can get your full refund, Just say I paid for this item and didn't recieve it, usually they are pretty good on making things right.
Also I have paid by Paypal using bank account transfer, got scammed. Went through a long dispute process, and the other person didn't have any money, so I wasn't getting any money. I phoned up paypal, made a huge deal about it, asked for a manager, and he refunded my money.